Published in 1969, Essential Encounters is the first novel by a woman of sub-Saharan francophone Africa. Its story of love, infertility, a failed marriage, and adultery looks at both interpersonal connections andnational politics from a feminist perspective.
Th r se Kuoh-Moukoury (b. 1938) is a novelist, journalist, children's rights lawyer, and activist who is committed to the cause of African women. Currently she divides her time between Paris and Cameroon and is working on her second novel, based on the life of the political martyr Alexandre Douala Manga Bell. Cheryl Toman is associate professor of modern languages and literatures at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of Contemporary Matriarchies in Cameroonian Francophone Literature and the editor of Defying the Global Language: Perspectives in Ethnic Studies.